Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
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Bidding was fast and fierce at Auction Napa Valley this June, where our lot raised $90,000 for Napa Valley health, youth, and housing beneficiaries.
At Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, we believe that great wines are an expression of place, and that terroir (the sense of place) can only find its true voice through a process of meticulous choices. The alchemy that transforms grapes into fine wine is a combination of experience, science, instinct, and artistry. From the decision to pick a particular block to the moment new wine is transferred to our caves, every action, decision, and technique we employ is focused on a single goal: achieving the highest potential for each vintage.
Have you ever sat down on a sweltering day to sip a refreshing glass of acid? Few things sound less appetizing, but acidity is an important and distinctive component of wine. Too little of the naturally occurring acidity in wine grapes, and Chardonnay tastes "flabby" and dull, while Sauvignon Blanc tastes like a flat soda, and Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like soap. Too much acidity, and wine tastes sour, excessively tart or harsh. Proper levels of acidity give wine its zing, its zip, its crisp character, its food-friendliness, and its age worthiness.
The 1976 Paris Tasting represented far more than a “best in show” for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. It was an opportunity to stand side by side on the world wine stage with some of the worlds finest producers. We were new to the scene, but we were no less capable.
Coming after last year’s unusual growing season with its abundance of spring rain and a very large crop size, we have for 2006 what is already shaping up as another atypical year for our Napa Valley vineyards.
Estate Wine Library
Visit our Estate Wine Library where we share the original tasting notes from the winery as well as notes and comments from our winemaking team and collectors based on tastings over the years.